Should you be prepared to stop the bleed if it occurs? Yes.
Contrary to popular belief Sharks account for only 6% of surf injuries. That means you have a 94% chance of being injured by another mechanism. While this is no excuse to behave stupidly, the statistics should help you put things into perspective. Other water safety statistics you should know are:
Most common cause of surf injuries:Surfboard 45.2%
Most common surf injury:Laceration 46.4%
Most common injury location:Lower Limb 45.8% (NSSIA, 2018).